Diabetes Prevention Program

Prediabetes is a potentially reversible condition that often leads to diabetes, and 86 million people ages 20 and over are estimated to have it. However, 89% of that 86 million have NO IDEA they’re at risk. If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, or believe you may be at risk for developing the disease, the Lancaster Family YMCA is here to help you!

Diabetes Facts

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research shows that:

  • 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
  • 86 million Americans have prediabetes—but 9 out of 10 people do not know they have it.
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States
  • Diabetes disproportionately affects black and Latino populations (they are nearly 2 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes)
  • People with diabetes are about 50% more likely to die than people of the same age without diabetes
  • Medical expenses for people with diabetes are 2.3 times greater than those without
  • People with diabetes are at greater risk for stroke, nerve damage, blindness, dental disease, lower limb amputation, depression, and complications during pregnancy

About the Program

In the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program a trained lifestyle coach facilitates a small group of adults to discuss behavior changes that can improve the health of participants. The program consists of 25 one-hour sessions delivered over the course of a year.

Program Goals

  • Lose 5–7% of your body weight
  • Gradually increase your physical activity to 150 minutes per week.

Participants do this through:

  • Healthy Eating – Eating smaller portions, reducing fat in your diet and discovering healthier foods can help prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes
  • Increasing Physical Activity – Moderate physical activity (walking, swimming, mowing the lawn) for as little as 30 minutes, five days a week, can help improve your blood pressure, raise your good cholesterol and prevent blood flow problems
  • Losing Weight – Reducing your body weight by as little as 5–7% can offer tremendous benefits for people at risk for diabetes

Research has shown that YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by as much as 58% and by 71% among adults aged 60 years or older.

If you are at risk for prediabetes and are interested in participating in our Diabetes Prevention Program, please complete our Contact US form and a Y staff

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